My return to regular gym workouts seems to be going well. This past weekend I ran a mile in less than 8 minutes for the first time in my life. Since I started doing more cardio, it’s clearly improved my breathing in swimming, among other things, and it’s supposed to be a good way to lose weight anyway. It’s only been one week and I’m already getting more consistent with my heaviest weight in bench press as well. Apart from that I don’t have much of an intro, so let’s get into this week’s comics.
This week, I picked up Extermination 3, X-Men Red 8, Star Wars Poe Dameron 31 (final issue), Witchblade 8 and Red Sonja 21. Here are my first impressions.
Extermination 3 is intense. It continues the story a three-way battle for the fates of the time displaced original X-Men. Young Cable’s motivations aren’t revealed yet, but I’m pretty sure most people will be able to guess what he’s up to. Ahab wants them dead. And of course the X-Men just want to protect them. It’s getting tough when Ahab has ways of getting into the X-Men’s heads, like turning Old Man Logan into one of his hounds with little effort. It’s a pretty intense comic, but for a simple story, it’s also enjoyable so far. Those who want to read the final tale of the O5 X-Men will likely enjoy this.
X-Men Red 8 is good. Having suffered her first defeat in the previous issue, Cassandra Nova moves forward her plan. It’s a race against the clock for Jean Grey’s team to stop an all-out genocide against mutants. The story feels intense in all the right ways. This is still a good team book that’s worth checking out – it’s just not as good as I thought it would be judging by All-New Wolverine.
Star Wars Poe Dameron 31 is great. It concludes Poe Dameron’s solo series with the fate of Black Squadron in the balance. There’s a great discussion between Leia and Poe, a fun action scene that doesn’t feel too short, but still feels like it could have benefited from a few extra pages, and a great speech at the end, showing what the Resistance means to Poe personally and showing some of his character growth over the course of the series. Fans of the new Star wars trilogy of should check this series out.
Witchblade 8 is alright. It’s kind of an in-between issue focusing on tension building, regarding a shadow organization that wants the Witchblade artifact. There is a bit of action, and it’s a decent fight scene, but there’s more character development than anything else. I’m still not sure if I want to stick with this series or not – I remember the original Witchblade series being just as good at the dramatic side of things, yet being a lot more fun.
Red Sonja 21 is fun. It concludes the battle over the formerly great Lord Skath’s fortress, and the despot who took over. Throw in Red Sonja fighting a shark, the evil Red Sonja clone that Kulan Gath spawned during the epic opening saga of this series. In short, it feels like a typical Red Sonja comic. That’s a good thing. Fans of the character will likely enjoy this series, thus I recommend this.